Our White-Collar Crime & Investigations team has represented multinational companies, state bodies and high net worth individuals in some of the most high-profile cases and investigations in recent years.
We have extensive experience in domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes involving investigations by regulatory and prosecutorial bodies, fraud, asset recovery, corporate raiding, whistleblowing, enforcement actions, tribunals and commissions of inquiry and financial and cybercrime. We also advise on anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing and bribery and corruption.
We have significant experience in advising clients involved in regulatory investigations brought by the Corporate Enforcement Agency (formerly the ODCE), the Data Protection Commissioner, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Central Bank of Ireland and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
As a full service firm we can draw on the expertise of colleagues in all departments including Corporate, Competition & Regulation, Data Protection and Banking & Finance. We also have established relationships with international firms and independent experts in forensics and related fields in order to ensure that our clients receive the best service.
Our White-Collar Crime & Investigations team is ranked as a Tier 1 firm in the area by Legal 500 and members of the team are highly regarded, holding positions on a number of prominent committees and forums in this field. Partner Paul Convery has been ranked as a Leading Individual in the area by Legal 500, while Laura Murdock is noted as a Next Generation Partner.
Paul is a Fellow of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators and a member of the White Collar Crime committee of the Union Internationale des Avocats, while Laura, Deirdre O’Donovan and Sarah Twohig are members of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association. Sarah is a founding Irish committee member of ThoughtLeaders4: FIRE Starters which brings together next generation leaders in fraud and asset recovery.
Advising on multiple complex, multi-jurisdictional contractual disputes pertaining to fleets of leisure cruises, cargo vessels and other assets affected by sanctions implemented against Russia in the EU, UK and US. This has involved advising multiple clients in various court applications seeking orders for specific performance of leases and purchase options. Following successful court applications, we have advised parties on their applications for derogations to competent authorities under EU Regulations and to the US Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Advising multiple investment funds and asset managers in respect of multibillion-dollar losses incurred as a result of the Madoff Ponzi fraud. These cases included cross-jurisdictional proceedings, allegations of fraud, misrepresentation, negligence and breaches of fiduciary duties.
Advising several clients in relation to a high-profile investigation by Inspectors appointed by the High Court on foot of an application from the ODCE (now the Corporate Enforcement Authority) to examine allegations of corporate wrongdoing in a publicly quoted company.
Advising a high-profile company director in a Central Bank investigation into possible insider dealing/breaches of the Market Abuse Regulations arising from share dealings in a quoted public limited company during our client’s role as director.
Advising several professional services firms and stockbroking firms in respect of claims of mismanagement, fraud and multi-jurisdictional issues in both litigation and regulatory proceedings connected with the claims.
Advising an international transport client in respect of its defence of proceedings in the Competition List regarding allegations of anti-competitive behaviour, cartel involvement, collusion and passing on infringements resulting in an overall fine in excess of 3 billion.
Advising an online broker in relation to claims of alleged negligence and breaches of statutory duty, including the European Communities (Distance Marketing of Consumer Financial Services) Regulations and the Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act, 2013.
Acting for a global private bank in the defence of multiple complex, cross-jurisdictional proceedings initiated against our client and other co-defendants based in Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong and Switzerland. These are banking disputes concerning various complex, cross-jurisdictional investment structures. The issues relate to intricate banking arrangements, misappropriation allegations, fraud allegations and also involve issues as to jurisdiction and the law of trusts.
Advising a high-profile global business on aspects of business crime, blackmail, fraud, financial misfeasance and whistleblowing. These are multiple matters concerning various allegations made against the client and a third-party including allegations of fraud, blackmail, business crime, financial misfeasance and Whistleblowing.
Advising a high-net-worth client in respect of the impact of Alerts on persons and/or objects under the Schengen Information System (inter-country information sharing system for security and border management in Europe), alleged Director fraud, mis-selling, collusion, and the resulting liability.
Investigations by regulatory and prosecutorial bodies;
Fraud and asset recovery;
Dawn raids, corporate raiding and whistleblowing;
Anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing;